FedExCup spotlight: Adam ScottARDMORE, PA - JUNE 12: Adam Scott of Australia hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 12, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)June 25, 2013
Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013 FedExCup chase.
This may be the year an Australian breaks through to win the FedExCup. After six years with five Americans and an Asian winner of golf’s richest prize, the Aussies are beginning to emerge as more serious contenders.
Currently, two golfers from Down Under reside inside the top 12 in the FedExCup ranks. Jason Day, who has a trio of top-3 finishes in 13 starts this year, occupies the ninth position while Adams Scott checks in at No. 12 with just eight starts under his belt.
Scott’s worst finish this season is a tie for 45th at the U.S. Open but he has made the cut in every start this year with no other finishes outside the top 30 in stroke play events. That means he’s been on the leaderboard virtually every time he’s teed it up in 2013. This, of course, includes his triumph at the Masters Tournament which earned him 600 FedExCup points – more than two-thirds of his season total.
A steady fixture on the FedExCup scene, Scott has qualified for each of the first six editions of the FedExCup Playoffs and competed in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in four of those seasons. Scott has made trips to East Lake in each of the last three seasons but has yet to secure a top-10 final standing in the FedExCup chase.
This year, however, could be different. He’s posted third-place finishes on two different courses each of the last two years at the AT&T National and nothing in his game would suggest that his successes in this event will end this year. He’s also got two more majors, including the British Open ahead that offer up additional points. (Last year, the Claret Jug slipped away as Scott bogeyed the last four holes to fall into second place.)
And that’s all without mentioning the 550-point World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, which Scott won in 2011.
From the look of things, Scott could enter the Playoffs anywhere inside the top 30 but stands a great chance of playing from within the top 10 when The Barclays gets under way in late August. The issue for Scott, like most everyone else, will be stringing together good showings once the Playoffs roll around.
Scott historically starts slow in the Playoffs with just two top-30 finishes in six starts at The Barclays. He’s picked it up in the next two events but slows down again at East Lake (one top-15 finish in four-starts against the TOUR Championship’s 30-man field).
While top finishes are hard to come by on TOUR, they should be a little easier for Scott in the Playoffs with fields of 100, 70 and 30 competitors in the Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola respectively. If he can finish the season with anywhere near the pace he’s set up to this point, and avoid those high finishes in the Playoffs, Scott could very well be your 2013 FedExCup champion.
Scott's FedExCup finishes 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 12th 47th 110th 19th 16th 25th FedExCup highlights • Scott has appeared in 20 of a possible 24 FedExCup Playoff events since the inception of the competition in 2007. • He's notched seven top-10 finishes in Playoff events, helping him to finish inside the FedExCup top 25 four times. • The Aussie has earned five of his nine TOUR victories since the start of FedExCup competition including this season's Masters. • Scott has featured inside the FedExCup top 10 at some point in five different seasons. • Scott, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods are the only three competitors inside the FedExCup top 30 with fewer than 10 starts under their belts this season. Scott's AT&T National results, FedExCup standings Year FedExCup before AT&T National result Points earned FedExCup after 2012 98th 3rd 190 56th 2011 60th T3 145 45th 2007 8th MC 0 9th